September 20th, 2007



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12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager charged with murdering his stepfather.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.6/10 (7,419 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov

Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev

A loose remake of

Writers: Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Novototsky

Sergey Makovetskiy - Juror #1
Nikita Mikhalkov - Juror #2
Sergey Garmash - Juror #3
Valentin Gaft - Juror #4
Aleksey Petrenko - Juror #5
Yuriy Stoyanov - Juror #6
Sergey Gazarov - Juror #7
Mikhail Efremov - Juror #8
Aleksey Gorbunov - Juror #9
Sergey Artsibashev - Juror #10
Viktor Verzhbitskiy - Juror #11
Roman Madyanov - Juror #12
Aleksandr Adabashyan - Bailiff
Apti Magamaev - The Boy
Abdi Magamayev - Little Chechen


Official Website: Kinovista [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 20 September 2007

Filming Locations: Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: RUR 43,112,631 (Russia) (23 September 2007) (357 Screens)

Gross: $125,024 (USA) (21 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The movie has an epigraph ("Don't look here for the truth of everyday life, but try to feel the truth of being") and an epilogue ("The law comes before everything, but what's to be done if the mercy comes before the law?"). Both are quotations from one B. Tosia. Most probably, he (or she) never lived and is the fictional alter ego of Nikita Mikhalkov.

Revealing mistakes: "Ernest Emerson" is a manufacturer of knives from the USA. However their model, CQC7, is not like the knife on the film. Emerson knives are folding knives.

User Review

Not a remake, but an investigation into today's Russia

Rating: 10/10

Sure, it is difficult and will be difficult for all those who have seen Sidney Lumet's Twelve angry men to avoid recalling part of that wonderful movie where, like in this, we move between great characters and excellent actors to investigate about the meaning of personal involvement in the life of a community.

However, apart from the similar elements that we'll find, this movie achieves, as only a few films have done, to investigate the mechanisms of the current Russian society from the inside. Michalkov is greatly helped in this task not only by an excellent scenario and direction but also by a cast of actors that achieves perfection (including himself as the president of the jury).

The picture of the Russia of today is not optimistic (I would be tempted to say that rarely this has been the case in Russian history), and what appears clear is the capacity of the Russian people, that also emerge from the Russian literature and opera, to struggle and survive in the middle of chaos and brutality. If there is hope, it is in the tenacity of the individuals to be committed to fight...but when will this fight come to a (positive) end?


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